The freshman from Bealeton, who was brought in as a defensive lineman, has agreed to move to offensive tackle for now and will begin work with Jeff Grimes tonight, according to the Twitter feed for Frank Beamer‘s official website.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Teller, a four-star prospect from the 2013 class, was headed for a redshirt season on the defensive line, where he was moving from end to tackle.
Coach Beamer appreciates Wyatt Teller's unselfish offer to move to OT. Truly a team player. Teller will work with Coach Grimes today.— Beamer Ball (@Beamer_Ball) August 15, 2013
There’s been no indication if the move is permanent. Even though Teller played o-line in high school too, he’d have a ways to go technique-wise to catch up on the position for this year.
Offensive tackle has been a huge question mark for the Hokies this August. Jonathan McLaughlin, Mark Shuman, Laurence Gibson and Augie Conte have worked there this month, although the competition for the two spots is far more open than on the interior, where coaches have a better idea who will start.
The move might be prompted by Shuman’s situation. The junior tweeted that he had to undergo an MRI today, although he didn’t list a reason. Virginia Tech has made no official statement about his status.
Nobody on Tech’s roster has started a college game at tackle.